facebook
twitter
search
search

Soloman Islands earthquakes: Two temblors shake Pacific

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center warns of possible tsunami after two 7.0-plus-magnitude earthquakes shake Pacific Ocean.
By Danielle Haynes Follow @DanielleHaynes1 Contact the Author   |   April 13, 2014 at 12:45 PM

KIRAKIRA, Solomon Islands, April 13 (UPI) -- Two powerful earthquakes shook the Pacific Ocean near the Solomon Islands on Sunday morning.

The first quake, at 7:14 a.m. local time, was a 7.6-magnitude. The second, at 11:36 p.m., was a 7.4-magnitude.

The earlier earthquake's epicenter was located at a depth of 18.2 miles, about 62 miles south-southeast of Kirakira on the Solomon Islands. The second was located at a depth of 21.7 miles about 69 miles south of Kirakira.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papa New Guinea.

“An earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines in the region near the epicenter within minutes to hours,” the center warned.

[USGS]
[Time]
Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Oklahoma Supreme Court denies rehearing, again orders removal of Ten Commandments statue
Plane crash kills four in Wisconsin
North Korea is 'source country' for forced labor, sex trafficking, says report
FDA bans import of some cilantro from Mexico due to feces contamination
Hackers threaten to release Planned Parenthood internal emails